Singer, Actor and Bandleader. He worked with a number of bandleaders including Ted Weems, Hal Kemp, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. In 1929 he organized the Smith Ballew Orchestra, and in the same year he signed his first recording contract. He appeared in twenty four films, 1936-50 including "Under Arizona Skies" (1946) and "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951).
Justine Emma Vera Ballew
Justine Vera Ballew Mercer